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July 10, 1943

The Principles and Practice of War Surgery with Reference to the Biological Method of the Treatment of War Wounds and Fractures

JAMA. 1943;122(11):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840280059030

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The entire title must be made a part of the book review to attract attention to the point that Trueta rests his book on those fundamental principles of surgery by means of which the surgeon should obtain his results in the best possible manner and the patient his best recovery. Trueta's book enunciates these principles again, very well indeed, but he permits himself, as so many writers do, to be drawn aside into discussions of certain technical methods and chemical wound treatment which only serve to confuse the reader and lead him to employ details of treatment which disturb the patient and contribute little if anything to his defense against infection and his recovery.

In this book Trueta presents a program or technic which varies in certain details from the method proposed by Orr in 1923. But he says "It is to Friedrich and more particularly to Winnett Orr, who

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